Lorenz Gerlach

Obituary of Lorenz F. Gerlach

Lorenz F Gerlach, MD, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association died at home of natural causes. He was born in Flint, Michigan and in his younger years moved many times, as a member of the General Motors family. He graduated from the University of Chicago and received his MD from the University of Michigan. He began his practice of psychiatry in the Bay Area, and in 1954, under the Doctors Draft Act was inducted into the army as a Major and served as Chief Psychiatrist at the Lompoc Disciplinary Barracks until 1956. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1957 and practiced there until he retired in 2009 at the age of 91. Evelyn, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined him in his practice until her retirement in 2000 at the age of 80. Dr. Gerlach had interests in many forms of Psychiatry as well as an interest in music, art and architecture, and literature. His favorite author was probably Anthony Trollope. His was a joyful nature and he was a happy warrior. He is survived by his wife Evelyn and five children with his first wife Mary Hershner. They are namely Carl (Sandra) of Tiburon; Craig of Los Angeles; Pamela Haigh (James) of Sacramento; Philip (Mary) of Solvang; and Robert (Bonnie) of Hillsborough, and seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Thanks to all who participated in caring for him. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Santa Barbara. Cremation arrangements entrusted to McDermott- Crockett Mortuary.
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